Prayer and Devotion
Types of Prayer Every Christian Should Acknowledge Today
Different Forms of Prayer to Feed Our Hungry Souls
To be a Christian without prayer is no more
possible than to be alive without breathing.
Just as food is for the body, prayer is for the soul. We kneel, close our eyes, and bow down to embrace our fallen nature, that in such act, we find comfort and forgiveness to the Lord. Praying is one of the Christian ways to open up our human and spiritual nature to the Divine Creator. And as Christians, we should learn and practice prayer as part of our daily living, to give us strength and faith each day.
The Prayer of Adoration
“Praise to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours Lord, is the greatness and the power…” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
As believers, we should not forget to pray for praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, even if we have unanswered prayers. Adoration is a simple but powerful act that bridges our love, strengthens our faith, and most importantly, binds us to our Lord in an everlasting union.
The Prayer of Confession and Pardon
“And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)
Confession is also an integral act and sacrament to unburden the weights of our faults and trespasses. Since we sometimes bear sins, we also need to ask for God’s pardon. By acknowledging we are human by default, let us pray that He may shower us with forgiveness, and accept us with open arms as His sons and daughters. To confess is to break free from guilt and to wash away our dirty sins that we have kept for long.
The Prayer of Supplication
“I cry aloud to the LORD;
I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.
I pour out before him my compaint;
before him I tell my trouble…” (Psalm 142:1-7)
Prayer of request is the most commonly used way of prayer to call God’s blessing and protection. In the Bible, Jesus told his disciples to pray fervently (Luke 18:1-8) and ask patiently for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). Though there may be blessings we request and miracles we hope for, we all need to wait in silence because God works in perfect control.
The Prayer of Consecration
“Going a little father, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may
this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Consecration is the inner core of every prayer. It is to commit yourself unceasingly in God’s wonderful plan and will so that we may be blessed with the Holy Spirit and uplift our fallen soul into His goodness. This kind of prayer draws us closer to God, and calling Him, because of our longing in His presence. We deny ourselves and follow Him passionately without doubt.
Other kinds of prayer you can also practice:
The prayer of imprecation
Although this is unadvisable, this type of prayer is commonly seen in the Old Testament, specifically Psalm 55:15, 69:28, and 35:6. Imprecatory prayer emphasizes revenge and curse upon enemies.
The prayer of agreement
This can be read in Acts 2:42 and Matthew 18:19, and involves two or more people gathered together to pray for one another in agreement for a positive result.
The prayer of faith
This kind of prayer is originally from James 5:15, praying with an ardent faith to give good health to the ill ones and forgiveness to the sinners.
The prayer of benediction
Benediction prayers are recited at the last part of a church gathering, it means to ask for blessing, and so that God will give us eternal wellness and goodness.